With this generation’s unusually long console cycle, all eyes are on Nintendo’s (NTDOYWii U to kick off the next generation of console entertainment. Ahead of a Nintendo event on September 13th that is expected to reveal official pricing and launch date details for the Wii U, GameFAQs member “h0undd0gg” has posted a video showing three potential SKUs that are reportedly planned. If the leak is indeed authentic, pricing for the Wii U could start as low as $249.99 and top out at $349.99.

According to the leaked video, listings from VPD (Videos Products Distributors) — providers of wholesale games to U.S. retailers including Amazon (AMZN), Blockbuster and Overstock —  suggest the Wii U might launch on November 11th with bundles priced $249.99, $299.99 and $349.99. No information was provided on what each bundle would include, although common sense would suggest a game or extra GamePad controller would fit the package. Earlier rumors have suggested the Wii U could launch on November 18th.

Both dates are plausible as Nintendo has historically launched new hardware on Sundays — Wii on November 19th, 2006; DS on November 21st, 2004; and GameCube on November 18th, 2001. A Wii U launch in mid-November would be not be out of the ordinary.

[Via NintendoLife]


Raymond Wong is a technology reporter with a passion for cutting-edge gadgets and clean design. He first realized his love for technology when he burned through so many AA batteries on the original Game Boy that scraping battery acid off it became the norm.